Reveal: Downstairs Bathroom

When we first moved into our house our downstairs bathroom was just okay. There was nothing wrong it. It had a white vanity, white toilet, drop ceiling, neutral paint color, it was pretty much a snooze with no character!

So, little by little we started giving it a little something, something and I’m happy to say it’s finally finished…for now.

When we first moved into the house I wasn’t blogging so I don’t have a true before picture.

The first thing we did when we moved it was add wall to ceiling bead board all around the teeny tiny ( 9ft x 4 ft) space. We lived with it like this for a while:


Little by little I started gathering items to fill up those white walls that I was tired of starring at.

We now have this:

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And this on the opposite wall:

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I had an old straw dispenser sitting around for ages not doing anything so I finally decided to give it a job and it now houses my favorite nail polishes!

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View of both walls:

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Close up of my gallery wall:

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The walls are filled with mostly vintage finds, but that chic plate was actually from Christmas Tree Shoppe. I got a set of 4 dessert plates with different chairs for $1.99!

Opposite the vanity is our toilet with some build in storage above. My roman shade was another project from this week.

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Since I love adding character to a space I knew this new/old looking handle would fit right in.

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Wall opposite the window: This wall is a mix of thrift store finds, a small mirror from my trip to Colombia and the largest print was a gift from a friends Mom! How sweet! Thanks Mrs. D!

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There you have it. My teeny tiny bathroom all spruced up and loaded with character.

I know many people live in semi new construction homes and always feel like they lack a bit of history to their home. With some small inexpensive touches like the bead board walls and/or a faux tin ceiling like ours you can take your basics and give them charm.

* The faux tin ceiling was also done right when we moved in so I don’t have pictures of the process. It was purchased at Home Depot. You can see them here. Real tin was really expensive so we just used faux fin backsplash that we adhered with liquid nails.

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53 Responses to Reveal: Downstairs Bathroom

  1. Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife says:

    Wow! I love the character that you added to such a "blah" space. Amazing job! I love your gallery wall, and the tin ceiling and beadboard add so much character. Thumbs up!

  2. Miranda @ Haute Headquarters says:

    Now THAT is a gallery wall! I Love it! I always see those faux tin pieces at Home Depot and secretly wish I didn't live in Manhattan (or at least owned my own place) so I could trick-out a ceiling or two with them. It looks great!

  3. linda says:

    LOVE the wall. And I am totally tossing the straws (sorry kids) and putting my nail polish in there.

  4. Megan@DesignMatters says:

    To cute! I love the gallery wall, and all those pieces fit so well together! I think my favorite part is the toilet handle. Love the details!

  5. Janell @ Isabella and Max says:

    It is so adorably chic, love the walls and all the images on them. Janell

  6. Flavia @ Estilo Home says:

    You did a great job adding character to the space! Your gallery wall is really inspirational, and I love the chair plate!

  7. Risley says:

    I love what you did! it looks great!

  8. Dayka (Life +Style) says:

    great looking gallery wall with an eclectic mix of pieces! i love the fixture on the toilet, too.

  9. Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle says:

    I love when I visit a home and the homeowner took the time to add special features to even the smallest spaces in the home. It's the little creative elements, like the straw dispenser turned polish storage, that make this room so much fun. I'm guessing that guests probably linger here longer than they need to!

  10. Jennifer Reilly says:


    I love this!! It looks to chic and definitely adds a little flair to a previously simple space. I definitely need to spruce up my own bathroom… which is still super white and lacking character – maybe I will take a few pointers from you!

  11. Jade @ Flip Flops + Pearls Design says:

    The gallery wall is great!! I love how you got your elephant in the room!! Very good makeover!

  12. LindsB says:

    You gave such a snooze bathroom so much character- I love it!!

    We need more Camila and Jon house photos!!

  13. Bailey@ peppermintbliss says:

    So cute all spruced up, what is the ceiling in there??

  14. Stacey @ Petite de Lis Paperie says:

    Love the gallery wall, especially the sailboat pic and eye chart.

  15. Kate@TwentySixToLife says:

    Very cool! Great job!

  16. Maria says:

    gorgeous camila, love all the character you added, dear!

  17. Sandi (Meme) says:

    Wow, what a difference you've made. It looks grand! Have a blessed week. Sandi

  18. Liz @ It's Great To Be Home says:

    Great character! The toilet handle and the gallery wall are fab – great job!

  19. Sonja @ says:

    I love the eclectic feel of all the different frames and findings. It looks fabulous!

  20. autumn says:

    so many fun details to look at! i LOVE your gallery wall! it's so fun and is just the right mix of fun and color and texture. and that striped roman shade just makes me SMILE.

  21. barbara@hodge:podge says:

    Love the walls! Gives the room character and "visitors" something to read and look at ;)
    Love how you created a look that appears to have been collected over the years, cozy and chic too!

  22. {Amanda} says:

    Ah! This is fantastic! I absolutely love it! I bet it's such a wonderful feeling to walk in & look at what you've created ♥

  23. Brand New and Beautiful says:

    Great work. I am a huge fan of gallery walls done with thrifted and vintage finds.

  24. Jenn says:

    Looks amazing — I love, love, love the gallery you created!

  25. Jennifer says:

    very cute!

  26. Anonymous says:

    i have loved so much of your work, but this bathroom is my favorite! hands down.

  27. Jackie says:

    LOVE!!! Oh Camila, great job, I just love what you have done to the space. The gallery wall and tin ceiling is just to die.

  28. cassie @ hi sugarplum! says:

    So chic!!! I love your gallery wall and the yummy tile ceiling…that really adds so much character!

  29. Jana Marie says:

    The bathroom looks great! And I spotted that elephant (:

    Jana Marie

  30. Risa West says:

    i love what you did with your elephant ;) and i love bead board. way cute bathroom and way to add character.

  31. The mad woman behind the blog says:

    Thats it, you're HIRED! Please come do my bathroom, my dining room and hell, whatever you want.


  32. Kiki says:

    This looks amazing — I especially loved the nail polish holder…What is it?


  33. J. Is A Bird says:

    Just stumble upon your site from the Neo-Tradionalist. Love the glass jar holding the nail polishes. What a cute, cute idea. Thanks for sharing.

  34. Mrs. Chic says:

    I love the look of your bathroom so well pulled together and nothing screams boring bathroom – so pretty, love all your art wall too

  35. Julia says:

    Gorgeous bathroom! I love the Beauty print, but I especially love the Colombian mirrors. We have a wall of them…

  36. Kimberly says:

    I love that you put the nail polishes in the old straw dispenser. I only have like 40 of those! Totally going to sneak that idea! :)

  37. Laura@JourneyChic says:

    It's adorable! I especially like the nail polish dispenser – very cute and unexpected. The "tin" ceiling is a great idea – I recently saw those at HD.

  38. Tammy@InStitches says:

    I love the plate inside the frame, such a clever idea !

  39. pve design says:

    Wow, it does not seem small at all, it looks like a room one could spend hours in! My neighbor has one of my works of art and she tells me, it has "full command" of my audience with each visit!
    I love little jewel boxes.

  40. Helena - A Diary of Lovely says:

    ooh Camila it looks fabulous! well done!! love all the frames and the nail polish storage looks great!

  41. Mackenzie {Design Darling} says:

    you've truly outdone yourself… in a powder room no less! i would never have imagined a gallery wall in a bathroom but you've pulled it off and made it look to die for. bravo on yet another job well done!

  42. McKenzie says:

    Beautiful! Is that handle the 'flusher' for the toilet? How adorable!

  43. undomestic chica says:

    Wow is all I can say!

  44. Stephanie Sabbe says:

    love it camilla! it is awesome! you are so talented!

  45. Kelly Green says:

    wow – looks FANTASTIC! KG

  46. Averill says:

    I love the tin ceiling and beadboard — it makes the bathroom look so charmingly vintage! And of course the great gallery walls only enhance that. Wonderful job Camila!

  47. Starfish and Sundresses says:

    Wow! This is AMAZING! Of course I'm obsessed w/ the turquoise elephant. I'm going to search for that eye chart, I meant to buy it months ago! xx

  48. Mugdha says:

    That is a wonderful use of straw containers! Since having bought a nicer one, I've been totally at a loss for what to do with the old one. Thank you for the idea!

  49. Maggie Rose says:

    It's so cute! I love the "tin" ceiling, and you have a great art collection in here! The plate with the loose frame are a great touch too!

  50. Dagny @ Scandinavian Chic says:

    Ohlala!!! Looking fabulous!!! LOve what you've done and LOVE the tin tile ceiling!!!


  51. Hello Lover... says:

    Great transformation! I love the ceiling and I love your blue elephant!

  52. bentley Waters says:

    this looks great – well done. love your collection of art on the walls!

  53. Lissa @ After Adornment says:

    What great character for such a tiny space. Awesome job!

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